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LAWYER T H E M E R C E R Law Alumnus Leads University in Two Key Roles W I N T E R 2 0 0 3 F r o m t h e D e a n this completed the major renovation work on the traditional course requirements. This curriculum first floor. In addition, work began on replacing also places a heavy emphasis on legal writing. the Law School’s 50-year-old roof this past summer The Law School’s Legal Writing Certificate and should be completed in early 2003. We also Program, begun in 1998, has been featured in the hope to soon begin work on adding several National Jurist magazine and in the American classrooms, faculty offices and library space in Lawyer, and has been recognized as a “cutting what is currently unused space on the third floor of edge” law school program. the Law School. If you have not had the opportunity With all that has changed at the Law School to visit the Law School recently, I encourage you to these past 25 years, though, it is important to note do so. The Law School is looking very good. that its basic character has not changed. The Law The Law School continues to attract highly School still looks at the “entire person” when qualified students. Applications rose from 896 in admissions decisions are made, recognizing that 2000 to 954 in 2001, and continued to rise this past there is more to an applicant than simply his or year. The Law School received 1,169 applications her grade-point-average and LSAT score. We are for the 2002 entering class, up 31 percent from the interested in good people, because good people previous year (compared to a nationwide increase make good lawyers. of 26 percent). Not only are the number of The Law School still takes pride in its small applications up, but the Law School is attracting classes and the personal attention and support Mike Sabbath extremely talented young men and women. This is given to our students. We recognize that no matter Interim Dean due, at least in part, to our numerous scholarship how attractive or how “wired” the classrooms, the Walter F. George School of Law programs. The Law School is blessed with a key to student learning is a dedicated faculty that wonderful endowment, and with loyal and takes teaching seriously and that is accessible to A FTER SERVING SEVEN YEARS AS generous alumni and friends that enable the our students. Regardless of what resources are our dean, Larry Dessem left the Law School to provide much-needed financial available in our law library, without competent, Law School this past summer to support to many of our students. courteous professional librarians, the library cannot become the dean of the law school During my years at Mercer, the size of the law properly serve our students and members of the at the University of Missouri- faculty has grown with the addition of men and legal community. It makes no difference how many Columbia. Larry accomplished much during his women with remarkable credentials. These faculty computers we may have in our computer lab, or deanship at the Law School, and he will be missed. members excelled as students at some of our what other technology is available to our students, President Godsey has appointed a Dean Search country’s most prominent law schools and most if we do not have people skilled in maintaining Committee that is in the process of conducting a had significant legal experience before joining those computers and in training our students in national search for a new dean. I am excited about our faculty. A number had previous teaching the use of this technology. What defines the having the opportunity to serve as the Law experience at other law schools before joining character of a law school is its people — this has School’s Interim Dean during the dean search. Mercer’s law faculty. They are excellent teachers, always been true and will never change. I began teaching at the Law School in 1978, have produced significant scholarly works and are Through the years, the Law School has soon after the Law School moved from its location increasingly active in various legal and community consistently produced outstanding lawyers, and we on the main campus, Ryals Hall, to its current organizations. are very proud of our alumni. During my time as location on Coleman Hill. During my 25 years on Our curriculum also has seen some significant interim dean, I plan to spend a lot of time visiting the faculty, there certainly have been some changes changes over the years. The Law School’s with alumni throughout the Southeast. I hope that at the Law School, and I am very proud of all that innovative Woodruff Curriculum, which was you will be able to attend any alumni gathering has been accomplished during these years. implemented by the faculty in 1990, takes a that may be held in your area. I look forward to We are fortunate to have one of the most comprehensive approach to teaching practical telling you more about the Law School and beautiful law school buildings in the country. In skills and professional ethics. It received the learning more about what has been going on in recent years, though, the building began to show Gambrell Professionalism Award from the your lives since graduation. It will be good to see its age. During Larry Dessem’s tenure as dean, the American Bar Association for its “depth and you again. first floor of the Law School was almost completely excellence” and its “obvious commitment to renovated. All of our major classrooms have been professionalism.” This curriculum provides an modernized and equipped with the latest orderly progression toward the general practice of technology. The renovation of the Law School’s law for all students by incorporating simulated Moot Courtroom was completed in February 2002; and real practice clinical experiences with the Mike Sabbath LAWYER T H E M E R C E R CONTENTS 4Two Key Areas Winter 2003 President page R. Kirby Godsey Executive Vice President Horace Fleming Leader in Senior Vice President for University Advancement Jim Bishop Heads Search Committee and Trustees and University Admissions Emily P. Myers Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration 8 Thomas G. Estes Jr. Provost page Peggy H. DuBose Interim Dean, Walter F. George School of Law Mike Sabbath Law Students Say “I Do” Assistant Dean for Career Services and Some Law Students Leave with Alumni Services/Walter F. George School of Law More Than a Legal Education Patricia Bass Senior Associate Vice President for Advancement 11 with Alumni Gloria O. Marshall Assistant Vice President for Advancement page Emily Turner Associate Vice President for Alumni Services and University Special Events Checking In T. Raleigh Mann A Law Degree Can Be Used in Many Ways Associate Vice President for University Relations and Marketing, Editor Judith T. Lunsford 14 Assistant Vice President for University Relations and Marketing, Managing Editor page Richard L. Cameron Contributors Elizabeth Flader, Jennye E. Guy, DeKalb Court’s First Hispanic Judge Roban Johnson, Matthew Spaulding One of Four Hispanic Judges in the State Photography Tiffany Brown, Peggy Cozart, Jon Newham, Bruce Radcliffe LAW SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Preston B. Lewis III, JD ’79, President, Waynesboro James V. Hilburn, JD ’69, President-Elect, Dublin William C. Sanders, BA ’67, JD ’75, Vice President, Thomasville page 16 Interim Dean Sabbath Named M. Tyus Butler Jr., JD ’74, Secretary, Savannah S. Catherine Phelps, JD ’91, Immediate Past President, Atlanta Bishop Chairs Dean Search Committee The Mercer Lawyer is published annually for alumni and friends of Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law. Comments or questions should be addressed to: MERCER UNIVERSITY IN ADDITION Office of University Advancement ‘BOOTLE CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY’ • CLASS NOTES 1400 Coleman Avenue • Macon, Georgia 31207 (478) 301-2715 or (800) 837-2911 ‘ALUMNA GIVES BACK’ • UNIVERSITY NEWS 3001 Mercer University Drive • Atlanta, Georgia 30341 FACULTY NEWS • FROM THE ALUMNI PRESIDENT (678) 547-6400 or (800) 837-2905 www.mercer.edu On the Cover — Law School alumnus James A. Bishop, who practices with The Bishop Law Firm Mercer University is an equal in Brunswick, is currently serving his alma mater in two key roles. Bishop is chair of the Law School Dean opportunity/affirmative action institution. Search Committee and is also the newly-elected chairman of the Mercer University Board of Trustees. Printed on recycled paper. F E A T U R E Mercer Benefits FROM BISHOP’S LEADERSHIP & LOYALTY When Mercer University President Kirby Godsey needed someone to chair the Law School Dean Search Committee last summer, he knew just the right man for the job –– Mercer trustee and law alumnus James A. Bishop. T he assigned task has not been an easy the next Mercer Law dean possesses, but he also is one as currently 28 other law schools an expert at identifying the best candidates. across the country are looking for new “He knows the law practice and what law firms deans as well. Over the past months, he and his are looking for in law school graduates,” said committee members have poured over hundreds David Hudson, an Augusta attorney who has known “Jim wants to be of pages of qualifications and have held dozens Bishop for 20 years and served with him as a Mercer of discussions. But, the 1967 law graduate is Trustee. “He knows what our alumni are looking a part of raising deeply committed to seeing his alma mater become for in our Law School, and he has a great rapport the shining star that he knows it to be, and has with our committee, on which roughly half the the visibility and accepted the responsibility with the same members are faculty or university administrators.” determination and efficiency that have marked Hudson feels the search will benefit from awareness of Mercer his successful law career. Bishop’s five years’ experience as a Mercer Trustee, “Our school is not too large and not too small,” his status as a Mercer alumnus, and his experience to a substantial explained Bishop. “We think the size is perfect for as a practicing lawyer for more than 35 years. and important a dean who really wants to have an impact on the Judge Griffin B. Bell, LLB ’48, LLD ’67, who life and future of the Law School. We have an serves as chairman of the Advancing the Vision institution of outstanding faculty and exceptional physical Campaign and is one of Mercer’s most respected facilities. We are blessed with an endowment that alumni, agrees. The former United States Attorney higher education.” is twice the size of any other law school in the state, General describes Bishop as “about as good an and, frankly, larger than many of the law schools alumnus as we have. I wish we had more like him.” DR. KIRBY GODSEY presently involved in dean searches. After six months into the search, Bishop feels “We have had more than one of our candidates the search is going well. “We have an exceptional tell us that we are viewed as having the best committee,” he said. “It’s a small committee, by opportunity of those schools presently searching choice. We have outstanding faculty members and for a dean,” he said. alumni, plus University administrators who are Bishop is the right man for the right job at the serving our committee with a dedicated spirit right time. Not only does he know the opportunity toward our mission of finding the number one 4 T H E M E R C E R L A W Y E R / W I N T E R 2 0 0 3 B I S H O P B E N E F I T S M E R C E R James A. Bishop, standing, and James A. “Jimmy” Bishop Jr., seated, are both alumni of the Mercer Law School and practice together at The Bishop Law Firm in Brunswick. dean candidate in the country. individual must have the respect of the Bench want to follow in his footsteps. For Bishop, not “Our timetable would be hopefully to select and Bar members in the state and must represent only did his son follow his father’s educational someone for the deanship who could begin the Law School well throughout the state and in footsteps to an undergraduate degree at the before fall 2003, and that is something that legal settings. University of Georgia, then to the Mercer Law might happen,” Bishop explained. “But, it is Serving as a liaison with alumni is an School, but he also joined him in practice at not something that has to happen. The process important role for the new dean, Bishop added. The Bishop Law Firm in Brunswick. began on time. It has stayed on time.” “All of us, because of the size of the University, “Jimmy had a great experience at Mercer Law One action that Bishop felt would add feel a closeness to our alma mater. We need to School,” Bishop said. “He graduated and found credence to the selection of the new dean was encourage continued support, both emotional out that he had passed the bar one weekend, then having input from the Law School faculty. As and financial, to the school. I think the new was married the next weekend. He decided he chair of the search committee, he went to the dean should have that as a high priority.” wanted to come and practice law with me. It has Law School and visited with the faculty. “It was During the search Bishop has not only pulled been a grand experience for me.” a unique experience and one that I enjoyed very upon his personal experience as an alumnus, but Bishop praises the Brunswick area for much,” he said. “It is very important to the also that of his son, Jimmy, who graduated from providing an excellent community to practice faculty who will fill this position.” Mercer Law School in 1996. law and to have a family. “Brunswick has a great The new dean, according to Bishop, will have legal community,” he said. “We have a good expectations to fill from several constituencies, Bar and a lot of fine lawyers, who are fine The Bishop Law Firm with alumni being one of the most important. people.” He and his wife, Mary, have raised their In addition to developing a close working Perhaps no greater compliment could be family on Georgia’s coastline. His daughter, Mary relationship with faculty and students, the given any man than for his son or daughter to Elizabeth, is following in his and her brother’s B I S H O P B E N E F I T S M E R C E R T H E M E R C E R L A W Y E R / W I N T E R 2 0 0 3 5 educational path and is a senior at UGA. His son, about caring for clients and about caring for and family members of colleagues.” Jimmy, and his wife, Mary (daughter of Judge our profession, and he encouraged my active Hudson echoed the sentiments, “He’s William Moore), live nearby with their children, participation in the organized bar. He was a probably one of the best-liked and most Sarah Elizabeth and Jimmy III, who are their wonderful mentor,” he said. respected lawyers in the state.” grandfather’s pride and joy. Judge Alaimo, in return, said Bishop is an One of Bishop’s closest friends, Judge Bell, Though Bishop has located his practice in excellent attorney because of the respect he has agrees. “I have known Jim Bishop for many years. Brunswick, he has taken on cases He is a fine lawyer, family man and and legal work across the state. For good churchman. He is very loyal over 30 years, he has served as the “Mercer today has 10 schools and colleges. to Mercer; in fact, he is 100 percent General Counsel for Rich-SeaPack We are the most diverse university in the country Mercerian. He is very much headquartered in Brunswick and engaged with the Law School and the Golden Isles. for a college with fewer than 10,000 students.” the entire University. While it has been 35 years since “Jim has shown his leadership Bishop established his practice along Georgia’s earned through his vast legal knowledge and capabilities in many areas there in Brunswick, Golden Isles, he well remembers lessons he skills. He also admired his friend’s ability to as chairman of the board of a bank, among learned from one of his first employers, the develop and nurture relationships with people them. He takes a leadership role in whatever he Honorable Anthony Alaimo, who was appointed from all walks of life. becomes involved in. I have known him as a judge of the United States District Court for the “Jim not only knows them, but also has an personal friend since he was in practice with Southern District of Georgia in 1971. “The uncanny ability to remember names,” Judge Judge Alaimo, and I have served with him as a greatest blessing of my legal career was to begin Alaimo said. “He remembers the names of all the fellow Mercer Trustee. He is a first-rate person my practice with Judge Alaimo. He taught me porters in the hotels, waitresses in the restaurants in every degree,” Judge Bell added. James A. Bishop, standing left, has seen his son James A. “Jimmy” Bishop Jr., right, follow his footsteps to the University of Georgia, the Mercer Law School and into practice together in Brunswick. Bishop said he would love to see his grandson, Jimmy, also one day attend Mercer Law School. Young Jimmy has already practiced learning the ropes from his grandfather’s office chair. Bishop values his longtime relationship with consideration and an important part of the social our own Mercer University.” Judge Bell and Judge Alaimo. “To say that I have aspect of university life as well as the academic “Mercer is blessed with a wonderful faculty been richly blessed by my association with Judge aspect,” explained Bishop, as he recalled a and an outstanding academic program. Bell and Judge Alaimo is a huge understatement. meeting he attended after Mercer’s men’s Throughout every town in the state of Georgia, Both are legends of our profession and I am basketball team had beaten Georgia Southern you will find lawyers, pharmacists, doctors, always privileged to be in their presence. Mercer University the night before — for the first time in engineers, business people, nurses, accountants is fortunate in having the dedicated commitment 15 years — and the University spirit it generated. and pastors who have been influenced by Mercer of Judge Bell as well as another legend of our As a Trustee, Bishop says he should be an either directly by attending Mercer or by having profession, Judge William Bootle. How incredibly ambassador for recruiting students to the children who have attended.” fortunate we are to have a continuing strong University. “In our community, I know of three The leadership that Bishop brings to the influence of Judge Bootle, Judge Bell and others.” to four families who have good students who are Board of Trustees will continue to advance looking to select the best college,” he said. “Most Mercer to the forefront of educational institutions New Chairman of the of these students can go to school anywhere. It is in the country. “Jim is one who wants to see, encouraging to me when I hear someone, who, and will work to see, the star of Mercer rising in Board of Trustees frankly, does not know of my connection with the Southeast,” explained Godsey. “He knows With his firm commitment to Mercer as a Mercer, is considering the University as a choice Mercer is a better institution than it is generally dedicated alumnus and as chair of the Law Dean for their child.” recognized to be. He wants to be a part of Search Committee, Bishop accepted a new Bishop feels the University has many sellable raising the visibility and awareness of Mercer to responsibility in December when he a substantial and important was elected the new chair of the institution of higher education.” Mercer Board of Trustees. The admiration is mutual with While many might consider the Bishop. “We are fortunate to have position of chair mostly as an honor “Throughout every town in Georgia, the leadership of Kirby Godsey and as it recognizes an individual’s you will find lawyers, pharmacists, his staff.” Bishop said, “Through leadership, Bishop has a more the leadership of Dr. Godsey and his demanding view of the position. doctors, engineers, business people, staff — with the support of Mercer’s “Jim would look at his role as Trustees — Mercer has positioned chair more as a responsibility,” said nurses, accountants and pastors who itself as one of the most respected Godsey. “He knows that it is a strong, have been influenced by Mercer.” universities in the South, indeed, influential and important board. He throughout the country.” has great respect for his colleagues JIM BISHOP Bishop believes so strongly in on the board, and he enjoys their the future of Mercer and the Mercer respect, but he will be someone who Law School that he recently told the will work to make sure the Board’s Law School faculty that he looked work during his chairmanship is effective.” traits to prospective students. “Mercer today has forward to the day when his grandson, Jimmy Described by friends as “a tenacious worker,” 10 schools and colleges. We are the most diverse III, would follow his father and grandfather as Bishop is not reluctant about becoming engaged university in the country for a college with fewer Mercer Law School graduates. and working for the good of the cause or the than 10,000 students. Our faculty and staff must Law School professor Deryl Dantzler quickly institution in which he believes. The Brunswick remain constantly diligent to be certain that the adjusted the comment by adding, “Or your attorney is known for taking initiative, academic focus of our university stays in the granddaughter, Mr. Bishop.” establishing contacts and connecting the forefront. It is imperative that we maintain a “And she was absolutely correct,” Bishop said. University with corporate leaders and others in major emphasis on curriculum and instruction Combine a busy law practice with professional Georgia who may not know Mercer otherwise. in order to be the best of the best. responsibilities and community service and Bishop feels the insights that he and other “I cannot think of another campus that has church commitments, then add his cherished Trustees contribute are helpful to the University been so transformed into a modern environment role as a husband, father and grandfather and and the President. He sees Trustees providing as has taken place within the physical campus mix in some golf and bird hunting, and it is easy points of consideration on Mercer’s future in the facilities at Mercer. We will continue to see this to wonder how James A. Bishop could find time academic side of life, in the development of the transformation take place over the next several for his alma mater. However, it is all about pride, social aspects of the University, and even in the years and I frankly do not think that any love and loyalty to Mercer. development of the sports activities. college campus in the country will be more “I am very proud to be a graduate of the “I think sports activities are certainly a outstanding from a physical standpoint than Mercer Law School,” Bishop said. L B I S H O P B E N E F I T S M E R C E R T H E M E R C E R L A W Y E R / W I N T E R 2 0 0 3 7 F E A T U R E WALTER F. GEORGE SCHOOL OF LAW STUDENTS Say “I Do” by Matt Spaulding S ome of the best and brightest minds from all over the country come to Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law, seeking enlightenment and knowledge in the many complex facets of law and litigation. After three strenuous years of study, most leave having achieved this goal while also earning a degree from one of the most prestigious law schools in the South. But, for a number of these students, they leave with even more – a spouse. Despite rigorous classes that require hours of “I was in classes with him for two and half years study and leave little time for socializing, many before I noticed him,” Rachael said with a laugh. law students wind up meeting their future spouses “Actually, I had noticed him, but we didn’t start at Mercer. dating until the trial practice class, and that led Some of these couples attribute the Law to being study buddies and eventually turned into School’s small environment to their matrimonial a great relationship and then our marriage.” destiny. Small classes, small project teams and Rachael and Ross’s first date was to the small study groups all contribute to “Cupid’s Applebee’s in Macon. “Hey, we were college Arrow” flying freely –– and on target –– at the students. We didn’t have any money, so going to Mercer Law School. Applebee’s was a big deal.” From first dates at the local Pizza Hut to caring Seven months after graduating in May of for triplets, these Mercer couples took the walk 1995, Ross and Rachael got engaged. They were down the aisle and have never looked back – except married in October of 1996 and now live in Macon with fondness of their ties to the Walter F. George with their 18-month-old daughter, Holland. School of Law. Today, Rachael is the director of Career Services for the Law School, while Ross practices Love at First Sight? residential and commercial real estate with the Macon firm of Martin Snow LLP. Ross Schell and Rachael Blenstroub met each For Mike Rafter, the notion that he would meet other as first-year students in 1992. They didn’t his future wife at Mercer was the farthest thing start dating, however, until their third year when from his mind. “I made a promise to myself that I they were both on the same trial practice team. wouldn’t date any fellow law students or lawyers 8 T H E M E R C E R L A W Y E R / W I N T E R 2 0 0 3 L A W S T U D E N T S S A Y “ I D O ” Terry (JD ’97) and Allie Brantley (JD ’97) with their three daughters, Abigail, Grace and Katherine, who are identical triplets. once I graduated. I just didn’t think it would “But Matt was very empathic and supportive and said Terry. “It was discouraging to get one work out.” helped me a lot in my studies.” rejection letter from the same firm addressed to That promise quickly went out the window They were married less than a year later on both of us.” They both eventually landed jobs in during his first semester when he sat next to May 15, 1999, right after Matt’s graduation. In Atlanta –– Allie with King & Spalding and Terry Carmen Rojas in Professor Mike Sabbath’s with Dawson & Huddleston. August, Kate took a year off from her law studies “Contracts” class. at Mercer as they moved to Columbus, where Today, Terry and Allie are the parents to Mike and Carmen started dating that Matt was offered a job with Butler, Wooten, identical triplets, a one in 8 million occurrence. semester, and continued dating off and on until Fryhofer, Daughtery & Sullivan. In 2000, they Terry now works with the Atlanta law firm Swift, their second year when Mike proposed to her in celebrated the birth of their daughter, Madeleine. Currie, McGhee & Heirs, while Allie keeps busy February of 1994. They were married on Dec. 31, By August of 2000, Kate was enrolled back at attending to Abigail, Katherine and Grace. 1994, but had to postpone their Mercer Law School, commuting from honeymoon to study for the bar. After Columbus to Macon to complete her graduating in 1995, Mike and Carmen degree. Today, Kate is in the midst of a moved to Texas, where Mike fulfilled a two-year federal clerkship with U.S. military commitment by serving as a District Judge Clay D. Land, and Matt is judge advocate in the U.S. Army at Ft. a partner in the law firm he joined in Hood, Texas. Columbus. Two years later Mike was reassigned Mike Chapman and Yvette Miranda to Atlanta. Mike and Carmen now live in had classes together during their first Jonesboro, just outside of Atlanta. Mike year in 1987, but didn’t start dating is with one of Atlanta’s largest firms, until their second year, when Mike Kilpatrick & Stockton, while Carmen asked Yvette out to dinner at the local handles all non-immigration work for Pizza Hut after dancing with her at a the Latin American Association and serves Halloween party. Less than a year later, as president of the Georgia Hispanic Bar Mike proposed, and in August of 1989, Association. Two years ago, they finally just two months after they graduated, took the honeymoon they had to delay they were married. six years ago –– a cruise through the The couple spent a brief time in Western Caribbean. Atlanta before deciding to start their careers in earnest in Tampa Bay, Fla. Through the Good “We knew we wanted to start a family, and it was important for us to Times and the Bad Ross and Rachael Schell began dating be close to Yvette’s family members in in their third year of law school. Not unlike the Rafters, Terry and Allie Tampa Bay,” Mike said. “Our move to Brantley were married between their Tampa has been great.” second and third year of law school. And “It was such a wonderful time in our Today, Mike and Yvette have three while they didn’t scrap their honeymoon daughters, Miranda, 10, Rachel, 8, and altogether, they did manage to fit in an lives. We enjoyed talking about the great Megan, 5. Mike is with Holland & Knight abbreviated one before returning to classes we were taking and the professors LLP, and Yvette is the in-house counsel Mercer for the start of classes. Terry said for Liberty Mutual. some of his fondest memories of his time we had, and helping each other study.” When thinking back on their time at Mercer are from his third year. at Mercer Law School, Mike and Yvette TERRY BRANTLEY, JD ’97 “It was such a wonderful time in our speak fondly of the people and the lives. We were newlyweds and were camaraderie they developed. enjoying each other’s company,” said Terry. For Matt and Kate Cook, it was definitely love “We loved the people at Mercer, from our “We enjoyed talking about the great classes we at first sight, but with a twist. They met in the fellow students we studied and went to class were taking and the professors we had, and summer of 1998 –– she was beginning her first with, to our professors and the staff at the Law helping each other study.” year; Matt was beginning his third. School,” Mike said. “It was really one of the After graduating in 1997, a more trying time “Naturally, I was extremely busy that first greatest times of our life.” set in. “We were both trying to find a job in the year, which made it difficult to see each other A sentiment shared by many a Mercer Law same city, and that became very frustrating,” and spend a lot of time together,” Kate said. School couple. L 10 T H E M E R C E R L A W Y E R / W I N T E R 2 0 0 3 L A W S T U D E N T S S A Y “ I D O ” F E A T U R E “What Are They Doing Now?” CHECKING IN WITH THREE ALUMNI by Jennye E. Guy A law degree can be used in many ways besides practicing law, as these alumni demonstrate several years after graduating. “RETURNING RESPECT AND election, capturing 59.6 percent of the vote. Taking office in November 2000, he is serving a CIVILITY TO CITY HALL” –– four-year term. Mayor Humphrey credits his legal training A CONVERSATION WITH and experience with helping him to spot MAYOR JIM HUMPHREY opportunities for the city’s benefit. For example, “I owe a great deal his legal expertise enabled him to obtain more “I went to law school to be a banker,” said Jim than $1 million in uncollected development to those three years Humphrey, BA ’63, LLB ’65, mayor of Fort Myers, and re-zoning fees. The funds were used for Fla. “I thought that legal training would be the best much-needed infrastructure and neighborhood of education. I know preparation for a career in a bank’s management safety improvements. that I wouldn’t be or trust department.” He is equally proud of meeting his most A stint in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate significant challenge — rebuilding the city’s doing what I’m doing General Corps convinced Humphrey that he reserve accounts and reducing its long-term debt. wanted to be an attorney instead of a banker. For “When I took office, the long-term debt of our today, if I didn’t more than 25 years, Humphrey practiced law, city, per capita, was $2,100,” Mayor Humphrey specializing in real estate, zoning, land use and said. “That’s the highest in the state of Florida. have the background governmental issues. Nearly 20 were spent with The benchmark is $440. We are a city that’s in a his own firm of Humphrey & Knott (partner George hurricane-prone area. Our need to have resources from Mercer.” Knott, JD ’72, is a fellow Mercer alumnus) in Fort and reserve accounts is critical. I’ve focused on HOWELL WATKINS Myers, Fla. that and, in two years, the reserves have more than BS ’74, JD ’82 During Humphrey’s appointment as Lee doubled. We’re also working on a plan to reduce County’s first full-time county attorney, he grew the long-term debt.” concerned about the direction in which the city In a roundabout way, Mayor Humphrey has was moving and felt changes were needed. also met his goal of being a banker. He helped Humphrey entered politics and ran for mayor. establish a community bank — South Florida Running against two incumbents, the mayor Bank — which was sold to Fifth Third Bank, one and a city council member, Humphrey won the of the top 10 banks nationally. Mayor Humphrey C H E C K I N G I N W I T H T H R E E A L U M N I T H E M E R C E R L A W Y E R / W I N T E R 2 0 0 3 11 sits on Fifth Third Bank’s Florida of Stadler Real Estate Company, one Board of Directors. of Florida’s largest real estate firms. Mayor Humphrey says his Complex real estate transactions Mercer Law School education was excite Watkins. Sometimes, so valuable that, “When I had transactions that seem simple to him opportunities to hire other are “absolutely foreign” to others. attorneys or law students, I always A transaction with one of the “most considered Mercer at the top. I felt sophisticated real estate groups in the school produced good attorneys the state” found Watkins explaining who enjoyed practicing law. Even to them the concept of selling a though I was in the middle of my contract. In cases where revealing class, I was prepared to accept the client’s identity would cause the greater responsibility. That’s why selling price to be inflated, such as I have sought Mercer grads.” sales of rock pits to companies in the oil aggregate business, Watkins acts as the client’s trustee in the purchase LAW BACKGROUND and works with several entities. PREPARED HOWELL Business deals like rock pit sales involve government agencies and WATKINS FOR REAL organizations, such as the ESTATE CAREER Environmental Protection Agency, the Corps of Engineers, even the state “On the way to work this legislature, in the rezoning and morning, I was thinking about planning issues that arise. how people say that real estate is According to Watkins, working so boring. They have no idea. They with good people is key to success. Jim Humphrey, BA ’63, LLB ’65, was elected mayor of Fort Myers in 2000. have absolutely no idea,” says “Good things happen when you’re Howell Lee Watkins II, BS ’74, JD with good people. Someone told me, ’82, the owner/president of Howell “When I had opportunities to hire other ‘The number of problems you have Watkins Properties and Howell in any transaction is directly related Watkins Realty Corp. Inc., in attorneys or law students, I always considered in proportion to the quality and Miami, Fla. integrity of the people you’re dealing Watkins has combined his Mercer at the top. I felt the school produced with.’ What he was saying is that if knowledge of real estate with his you have a bad person involved in a Mercer legal education to become good attorneys who enjoyed practicing law.” deal, then you’re going to have a bad a leading Miami businessperson. time throughout the entire deal.” Watkins entered law school because the contract concepts every week.” Dean Wilson, Watkins credits Mercer’s thorough he thought a “law degree is probably the finest a real estate investor himself, told Watkins that preparation with enabling him to effectively work degree you can get. You can do anything in life “any wealth you achieve comes through capital with clients, such as banks, when they’re taking because it offers you the background, the gains.” Watkins has parlayed Wilson’s advice into over major properties, or to confidently negotiate knowledge –– every field that you go into is a successful real estate business that has grown with attorneys, like the representatives from five intertwined with legal matters somehow. I use it from handling residential properties to focusing of this country’s top personal injury law firms as every day in very complicated real estate exclusively on “investment enhancement” happened recently in a case. transactions and deals.” transactions for clients. For himself, Watkins has Because Mercer has given so much to him, Two Mercer professors greatly influenced recently purchased a marina in Fort Pierce, Fla. Watkins gives back to Mercer. He is a member of Watkins: interim dean Mike Sabbath and former Watkins believes it was his legal training that the President’s Club and on the Mercer University dean Edward Wilson. Of Dean Sabbath, who had prompted the Florida courts to appoint him as Press Board of Directors. “I owe a great deal to just begun his teaching career at Mercer when the administrator in bankruptcy proceedings those three years of education there. I know Watkins studied under him, Watkins said, “He where real estate was involved. He has that I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing today, was an incredible teacher. I took business law administered approximately 250 bankruptcy I wouldn’t get the phone calls I’m getting, if I and business contract courses under him. I use cases, including high profile cases, such as that didn’t have the background from Mercer.” 12 T H E M E R C E R L A W Y E R / W I N T E R 2 0 0 3 C H E C K I N G I N W I T H T H R E E A L U M N I LAW AS A SPRINGBOARD TO OTHER CORPORATE ENDEAVORS –– A LOOK AT GEORGE WILLIAMS George T. Williams, JD ’69, is vice president, Government and Environmental Affairs, for Darden Restaurants, Inc. (the parent company of Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze and Smokey Bones Bar-B-Q and Sports Bar). After leaving Mercer, Williams joined Jones, Cork, Miller & Benton, a Macon law firm. In 1972, he became general counsel for Red Lobster (as the company was then known). Williams Howell Watkins, BS ’74, JD ’82, at the Island Cove Marina, credits Mercer with enabling him to succeed in the remained in the law department until four real estate market in Florida. months ago when he took a new position, which includes four business units: (1) responsibility for the company’s environmental affairs, as it Darden Restaurants purchases seafood and “Working with others to ensure the pertains to its supply chain; (2) supervision of other products from 45 countries. Williams sustainability of the seafood products we serve two people that handle governmental issues; (3) spends approximately 25-30 percent of his time and the protection of that environment are key administration of the company’s foundation, traveling to those suppliers to observe their commitments of Darden Restaurants,” he which last year gave over $4 million to charitable business practices and represent the company’s concluded. causes in the areas of arts and culture, education, interests. An upcoming trip to a conference in Because Darden Restaurants has 1,200 social services and nutrition, and preservation of New Brunswick, Canada, where he will be the restaurants and 135,000 employees in 49 states, natural resources; and (4) supervision of its keynote speaker, will see processors, fishermen, its government relations representatives work Community Alliance Program, which works with government officials, scientists and end users closely with national and state trade associations, organizations representing diverse communities. exploring how to achieve sustainability of the elected officials, and regulatory authorities. North American lobster. Darden Restaurants also collaborates with “A sustainable source for educational institutions and other foundations the seafood products we serve to promote the sustainability of natural in our restaurants is required resources. One of the foundation’s grants was for Darden Restaurants to to support research on increasing the population meet its commitment for of two important fin fish species, tripletail and long-term growth,” he said. cobia, in the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. South Atlantic Ocean. Williams believes that legal training has a “You learn the art “lot of transfer potential.” In his company, the senior vice president of human resources is a of analysis in law former attorney, as are the vice president of school and in the communications and the chief financial officer. “You learn the art of analysis in law school and practice that is very in the practice that is very transferable to other professions.” transferable to As Williams looks back over his 32-year career, he credits the managerial and writing other professions.” skills acquired while working on Mercer’s Law Review (he was editor in chief his senior year) George T. Williams, JD ’69, is as being invaluable. “Get as much out of law vice president of Government and Environmental Affairs for Darden school as you possibly can because it sets a great Restaurants, Inc. foundation for what you do well later in life.” L C H E C K I N G I N W I T H T H R E E A L U M N I T H E M E R C E R L A W Y E R / W I N T E R 2 0 0 3 13 F E A T U R E Mercer Law Alum Becomes DeKalb County’s First Hispanic Judge in Recorders Court I n January, Nelly Fagalde During her eight years of service, she was a trial attorney, an Withers, JD ’81 became the first appellate attorney and the head of the Grand Jury Division. Hispanic associate judge Beginning in 1992, she spent appointed to the Recorders Court in two years as an assistant to Judge John Langford, providing research DeKalb County, Ga. She is one of only and writing and updating the Benchbook for Superior Court four Hispanic attorneys in Georgia Judges. In 1994, she became a who have entered the judiciary. special assistant attorney general for Section 1983 defense in the DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Middle and Northern Districts of Vernon Jones made the appointment, which Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit. was confirmed by the DeKalb County Board of “I was working as a lawyer Commissioners. Judge Withers is filling the for many years in the American unexpired term of R. Joy Walker, who was mainstream before it became appointed chief judge of the Recorders Court. significant politically or otherwise Her term expires July 31, 2003. that I was Hispanic,” said Judge “Ms. Withers has an outstanding reputation Withers. “With the growth of the in the legal community,” stated CEO Jones. Hispanic community in this state, Judge Nellie Withers, right, with her mother, “DeKalb County is fortunate to have her join and the eventual Hispanic political Juana Fagalde, on the day she was sworn in. our Recorders Court team of judges.” power, it is important to have A native of Bolivia, South America, she came Hispanics represented in all areas to the United States when she was 6 years old. of public life.” “With the growth of the Hispanic “My family chose to come to this country with Prior to her appointment, community in this state, and the hope of becoming citizens and a part of the Judge Withers was an associate life of this country,” said Judge Withers, who is partner at the Decatur law firm of the eventual Hispanic political power, a naturalized citizen and refers to herself as an McNally, Edwards, Bailey & “American by choice.” “I am Hispanic by birth Lander for three years. She had a it is important to have Hispanics and ancestry, but I am resolutely and completely general civil trial practice in the a proud citizen of this country.” areas of domestic relations and represented in all areas of public life.” She earned a bachelor of arts degree in criminal defense. journalism in 1975 from the University of Georgia “I hope that my appointment sends a education, I could not have accomplished as and her law degree from Mercer six years later. message to immigrants of what can be much as I have.” In 1982, she joined the Atlanta law firm of accomplished, even in the first generation, by Judge Withers and her husband, John C. Bates, Baum, Landey & Slotin as an associate. immigrants in this country,” she said. “I know Withers, who is also a 1981 Mercer Law School A year later she became assistant district that without the strong support of my family, graduate, have two children: Julia, age 11, and attorney of the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit. especially my mother and her emphasis on Andrew, 15. L 14 T H E M E R C E R L A W Y E R / W I N T E R 2 0 0 3 F I R S T H I S P A N I C J U D G E MAN OF THE CENTURY Judge Bootle Celebrates 100th Birthday H is hearing When Judge Bootle was introduced, he was assisted to a may not be chair on stage, seated and wired what it used for sound. But as the statesman he has always been, he promptly to be, but his ability to orally stood and made his way to the podium. When he propped his inform those within the cane on the side of the podium sound of his voice is still of and began to speak while standing, those in attendance true statesman quality –– gave him a standing ovation. Referring to his 1960 ruling even as he approached his that desegregated the University 100th birthday. of Georgia (UGA), Judge Bootle said, “It wasn’t hard to do. It’s Judge William Augustus “Gus” never hard to do what’s right.” Bootle, BA ’24, LLB ’25, LLD ’85, His ruling led to the admission who has a distinguished career of of Hamilton Holmes and landmark decisions that led to the Charlayne Hunter on the UGA naming of the federal courthouse campus in 1961. in Macon in his honor, was the “In my office, I have a plaque recipient of a 100th birthday that says I was a ‘barrier breaker.’ celebration June 28 at the historic Race should be no barrier to Fox Theatre in Midtown Atlanta. admission to a university. We’ve The event was sponsored by the had a whole century of change. Mercer University President’s Club, Barriers must be broken and whose members gather annually President Godsey and Judge Bootle stand outside removed,” he said. the Fox Theatre marquee, where Bootle’s birthday is featured. Judge Bootle also ordered the for a weekend event. President’s Club members consist of Mercer desegregation of Bibb County alumni, friends, faculty and staff who give were in attendance. Schools and the access of $1,000 or more to the University in a fiscal year. Judge Bell, in his introduction, said, “I’m African-Americans to the polls. Judge Griffin B. Bell, LLB ’48, LLD ’67, senior not going to say much because (to do so in) After some brief comments, Judge Bootle, partner with King & Spalding in Atlanta and introducing Judge Bootle would almost be a announced he would entertain questions from chairman of the Mercer Advancing the Vision violation of a protocol. They say, if you introduce the audience. capital campaign, introduced Judge Bootle. Judge the President of the United States, you are just After most every answer to the questions posed Bell said even though he is 83 years old himself supposed to say, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, the of him, Judge Bootle received a rousing ovation. that Judge Bootle still calls him “son.” President of the United States.’ Judge Bootle is Most of those hearing Judge Bootle on this In addition to President’s Club members in almost in that same category.” occasion sensed it was a special moment in time attendance, many judges –– including Judge Bell called Judge Bootle “a wise man, that would not soon be forgotten. members of the Georgia Supreme Court –– a wise judge and a great American.” Continued on Page 19 B O O T L E C E L E B R A T E S B I R T H D A Y T H E M E R C E R L A W Y E R / W I N T E R 2 0 0 3 15 F E A T U R E SABBATH NAMED LAW SCHOOL INTERIM DEAN M ercer University During the past seven years, several which brings outstanding law school applicants classrooms at the Law School — and the Moot to Mercer for interviews by alumni and faculty President R. Kirby Courtroom — received major renovations that selection panels; the Jesse Mercer Scholarship Godsey named Michael include state-of-the-art technology. The modern Program, to attract the most outstanding Mercer technological and audiovisual equipment can be undergraduates to the Law School; the Walter F. Sabbath to the position of interim dean utilized by professors in teaching their courses George Foundation Scholarships, for applicants and by students using the Moot Courtroom in with an interest in public service; and the Mercer of the Walter F. George School of Law their trial practice and appellate advocacy courses. Lawyer Scholarship Program, which focuses on in Macon, effective July 1, 2002. Another area of improvement has been the applicants who have exhibited traits that will recruitment of the most talented law students to make them outstanding lawyers. Sabbath, who joined the Law School Mercer due, at least in part, to the additional In being named interim dean, Sabbath said, scholarship programs funded in recent years “While I look forward to returning to full-time faculty in 1978, had served as by the Woodruff Trust and the Walter F. George teaching, I am very excited about serving as the associate dean for the past five years. Foundation. These new scholarship programs Law School’s interim dean during the dean include the Woodruff Scholarship Program, search. Larry Dessem has left the Law School in President Godsey expects to select a wonderful shape. In recent years new Law School dean by July 1, 2003. our building has been renovated University Trustee James A. Bishop of substantially, and it truly is one of the Sea Island, a 1967 graduate of Mercer most attractive and technologically Law School, will chair the search advanced law school buildings in committee. Other committee members the nation. Several outstanding new include: Suzanne Cassidy, director of faculty recently have been added, the Law library; David Hudson, an and applications by extremely Augusta attorney and member of the qualified students continue to rise. Mercer Board of Trustees; Stephen The Law School’s endowment is one Johnson, associate dean and Law of the top law school endowments in School professor; Patrick Longan, the country. The future of the Law Law School professor; Emily Myers, School is very bright, and I am senior vice president for University confident that the Law School will Advancement and University be able to attract an exceptional Admissions; and Richard “Doc” individual to serve as our new dean.” Schneider (JD ’81), an Atlanta Dean Sabbath is the Walter attorney and member of the Law Homer Drake Professor of School Board of Visitors. Bankruptcy Law. He received his BA R. Lawrence Dessem, who had from the University of Wisconsin, his served as dean of Mercer’s Law School JD from Emory University School of for seven years, accepted the position Law and was awarded the LLM in of dean at the University of Missouri Dean Sabbath recently welcomed Georgia Secretary of State 1985 from Columbia University School of Law, effective July 1. Cathy Cox, JD ’86, for a visit to the Law School. School of Law. L 16 T H E M E R C E R L A W Y E R / W I N T E R 2 0 0 3 S A B B A T H N A M E D I N T E R I M D E A N Advancement Career Allows Alumna to Give Back to Law School O ne Mercer Law School graduate One of her goals for this year is to increase is using her degree to benefit her the percentage of alumni giving back to the Law alma mater. Emily Turner, School. “The Law School frequently has the JD ’99, has joined the Mercer opportunity to apply for grants from foundations University Advancement Office staff as an assistant and other organizations. Many of these grants vice president, with her primary role being fund require a minimum of 20 percent alumni giving. raising for the Law School. Last year, only 14.3 percent of alumni made “An important factor in successful university gifts to the Law School,” she said. advancement is love and loyalty to the institution She wants more alumni to be aware of the for which you are working,” said Emily P. Myers, financial support needed by the Law School from senior vice president for University Advancement its graduates. “While the Law School endowment and University Admissions. “Emily’s ties to the is impressive, only 5 to 6 percent of the income Law School as an alumna and her relationship earned from the endowment can be used each with so many alumni will help her to do an year. Any additional earnings are rolled into the outstanding job. She will also be able to use her corpus of the endowment to encourage additional law degree in assisting alumni and friends with income growth,” Turner added. “The income Emily Turner estate and planned giving opportunities.” from the endowment, coupled with tuition paid Assistant Vice President for by the students, does not cover all of the expenses University Advancement each fiscal year. In fact, tuition only covers “We have an opportunity to approximately 64 percent of the cost of educating We have an opportunity to work together to give work together to give future a student. Mercer Law School looks to its alumni future lawyers broader opportunities,” she said. and friends to supply the additional funding.” Gifts to the Law School are tax deductible lawyers broader opportunities.” Turner points out that gifts of any size are and can be deducted for the calendar year in EMILY TURNER appreciated. “Please be aware that your gift, no which they are given. matter the size, enables the Law School to slow For more information, Turner can be Other Advancement staff who work with the the increase in tuition. Therefore, you can help reached at (478) 301-5675, 1(800) 837-2911 or Law School are Gloria Marshall, senior associate future law graduates by reducing their debt load. firstname.lastname@example.org. L vice president for Advancement; T. Raleigh Mann, associate vice president for Alumni Services and University Special Events, and Richard L. Cameron, assistant vice president for University Relations and Marketing. In addition to fund- raising, the Advancement Office assists the Law LAW DAY 2003 School with publications, alumni events and Luncheon Speaker: volunteer boards, special projects and special events, such as Law Day and commencement. Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox, JD ’86 Turner, who was practicing with the firm of Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer when she made Make plans now to attend Law Day 2003 on Friday, March 14. the transition to Mercer, is excited about joining The following classes will have reunion opportunities: the University staff. “After three years of practice, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993 & 1998 I determined that a career outside of the practice of law would be more appropriate for me,” she For additional information, explained. “I jumped at the opportunity to join call Nancy Terrill at (478) 301-2204. the Advancement staff. This new position enables me to focus on the Law School daily.” A L U M N A G I V E S B A C K T H E M E R C E R L A W Y E R / W I N T E R 2 0 0 3 17 University News ■ The Mercer Singers performed at the Vatican during a two-week tour of Italy last summer. The group of 39 students performed seven concerts, which featured classical sacred works, as well as several American spiritual pieces. ■ The first meeting of the Mercer Law School Dean Search Committee, charged with conducting a nationwide search to secure the next dean for one of the oldest law school’s in the country, was held Aug.16 in Macon. Brunswick attorney Jim Bishop, Mercer Trustee and 1967 graduate of the Walter F. George School of Law, is the chairman of the Committee. ■ Mercer School of Engineering was selected as host of BotBall, a program of the national KISS Institute for Practical Robotics. The program, which requires that high school student teams create robots, provides meaningful engineering experiences that are fun and educational. 2nd Annual John E. James Distinguished Lecture This was the first BotBall held in Georgia. – The Honorable Justice Louise Arbor, fourth from the left, was guest lecturer Sept.17, 2002, at the Second Annual John E. James Distinguished Lecture in the Moot Courtroom of the ■ More than 600 alumni and friends of the Georgia Walter F. George School of Law. The Honorable Justice Arbor has served as Justice of the Supreme Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University Court of Canada since 1999. Her topic was “The International Criminal Court: Can It Live Up celebrated 100 years of nursing education excellence. The to Its Promises?” The Right Honorable Lord Gordon Slynn of Hadley, lecturer at last weekend event, Oct. 11-13, included the dedication of the year’s inaugural event introduced the speaker. John E. James is a 1964 graduate of the College of Nursing building, the establishment of the Mercer Law School. College’s Hall of Honor and the induction of its first Welcoming Justice Arbor to the Law School are: from left to right, John James, The honorees, the Centennial Gala and a worship service. Honorable Martha Christian, The Right Honorable Lord Gordon Slynn of Hadley, Mercer ■ The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) accredited Board of Trustees Chairman Bob Hatcher, Dean Sabbath and President Godsey. the McAfee School of Theology for five years, the longest period of time ATS will give for initial accreditation. Dean Alan Culpepper officially received the accreditation, and McAfee was granted full membership into ATS at the recent biennial meeting in Pittsburgh. ■ The School of Medicine is commemorating two decades of teaching, serving and healing with a series of celebrations throughout Georgia this year. More than 130 alumni and friends helped kick off the Medical School’s 20th anniversary celebration in April at the home of Mercer Trustees Chair Robert F. Hatcher and his wife Georgia. Other spring receptions were held on St. Simons Island and in Stockbridge. ■ Tift College of Education has introduced a new teacher education program designed to prepare educators to better meet the diverse needs found in today’s classrooms. With the “Holistic” Program, future educators have the Dr. Godsey’s 9/11 Address – President Godsey addressed the Law opportunity to maximize their teaching skills by studying School faculty, staff and students on the one-year anniversary of 9/11. Dr. Godsey told the Law diverse groups of students. School gathering, “September 11, or 9/11 as we have come to call it, has become a watermark for America, imprinted indelibly, though not always visibly, upon everything that we do. This ■ For the first time in modern history, the Department startling moment, this moment in which we all fell silent, has changed our nation forever. We of Athletics hosted a NCAA Division I athletic event are unlikely to ever cross the threshold of this day on our calendar without being distracted on the Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in from the ordinary.” Atlanta. On Dec. 2, the Bears men’s basketball team hosted and defeated Reinhardt College 85-62 in the Sheffield Center. 18 T H E M E R C E R L A W Y E R / W I N T E R 2 0 0 3 Teddy Bears Help Children Cope with Tragedy W hen Teresa Saggese Mills, JD and knew that she needed to start the Macon bears for their duty. ’80, heard about the Teddy Teddy Bear Patrol. She is a one-woman This mission also helps Mills with her Bear Patrol on a business trip, philanthropic organization and collects new and “shopping habit.” Instead of buying something she knew that she had found a “gently loved” teddy bears in her office on for herself when she has a shopping urge, she calling. In 1998, she founded the program in College Street. buys bears. Asked why she devotes herself to this Atlanta that gives teddy bears to police officers Every bear is given a Teddy Bear Patrol tag cause, Mills said, “My personal feeling is that it and emergency personnel for children involved and lots of love. She finds that the bears often is the duty of anyone in a law-related profession, in accidents, abuse and traumatic situations. soften clients and attorneys when they come to whether it is a police officer enforcing the law, Mills worked closely with the Atlanta Police her office, and she spends time preparing the an attorney as officer of the court or a judge Department to implement the upholding the law, to help program. The police chaplain in any way possible to restore blessed every bear before it was order to the chaos in our sent into the field. society. The teddy bears do Officers told her that the that. And that’s why I do it.” bears helped children cope with The Teddy Bear Patrol terrifying situations and to has been featured on Macon’s relate better to adults trying to Fox 24 News and a Macon help them. Her work in Atlanta Kids First event. Mills soon earned her the nickname contributes about 100 bears as the “Teddy Barrister,” and per year to law enforcement one officer told her that she officers. She accepts donations would receive a reward in of teddy bears and plastic heaven for her efforts. oven bags to protect them. Mills returned to her Volunteers are also welcome hometown of Macon last year Teresa Mills with the Teddy Bear Patrol. to join the cause. L Judge Bootle Celebrates 100th Birthday Save the Date ... Continued from Page 15 in the building which resembles Distinguished Alumnus Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Other Saturday, February 22 University administrators had expressed a In June 1998, the federal courthouse in desire to purchase the former Sears building 9 a.m. – 1 p.m Macon was officially named the William in downtown Macon, but Judge Bootle was The Atlanta Bar Association will Augustus Bootle Federal Building and convinced the availability of the Insurance sponsor a seminar that will focus United States Courthouse. Company of North America’s building on how to maximize your career The Mercer University Board of Trustees provided the best facility for the Law School. performance. It will also deal voted to endow a teaching chair, focused on Before Judge Bootle gave remarks, the professionalism and ethics in the practice of first miniatures available of the Law School with strengthening a job for law, in Judge Bootle’s name. building were presented to him as well as those seeking new employment. Judge Bootle’s many contributions to President Godsey and Judge Bell. Bob Steed, Watch for additional details on the University include serving as a Law who could not attend the event, also received this upcoming program. School professor and then dean from one of the first miniatures. 1933-37. He is a lifetime Mercer Trustee The evening concluded with some 400 For more information, call the Atlanta Bar Association after serving five terms on the Board. guests, including state and federal judges, at (404) 521-0781. He played a leading role in the decision singing happy birthday to Judge Bootle. His to locate the Law School atop Coleman Hill actual date of birth is Aug. 19, 1902. L T H E M E R C E R L A W Y E R / W I N T E R 2 0 0 3 19 F ACULTY N EWS Professor Alice Baker ’s article, Linda Edwards, professor, and five titled Jurisprudence and the Rhetoric of Legal “Legislative Prohibitions on the Enforcement other team members have completed and Writing, which Professor Edwards gave at the of Post-Employment Covenants Not to Compete submitted to the American Bar Association their national conference of the Legal Institute held in the Broadcasting Industry” was recently accreditation fact-finding report on Fordham at the University of Tennessee in June. published in the Hastings Communications Law School in New York City. The report is part Relatedly, Aspen Law and Business will and Entertainment Law Journal. Baker of a regular seven-year review process to publish Professor Edwards’ newest book, Legal presented “Expensive Accommodations Under continue Fordham’s accreditation status. Method and Legal Writing, this March. The the Americans with Disabilities Act: When Does Professor Edwards’ book titled Estates in Land book takes a more theoretical approach to the an Effective Accommodation Cease to Be and Future Interests: A Step-By-Step Guide teaching of Legal Writing and includes chapters ‘Reasonable’?” at the SEAALS conference. has been published by Aspen Law and Business. on jurisprudence, legal method and forms of David Brennen, professor, will co-author The book is a text on the estates system designed legal reasoning. The Tax Law of Charities and Other Exempt for use in Property or Wills and Trusts courses. David Hricik, professor, spoke on Aug. Organizations, which will be published by West The text is being adopted at a number of law 23 at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office on in 2003. His co-authors are from the University of schools across the country for use in courses “Satisfying the Duty of Candor in Patent Pittsburgh, University of Florida, and Vanderbilt, beginning this fall. Professor Edwards has Prosecution” at the 2002 American Intellectual and their book will be the first casebook devoted returned from spending last semester as a visiting Property Law Association Patent Prosecution almost exclusively to the tax aspects of charities scholar at the Harvard Law School, where she Basic Training Seminar. Professor David Hricik and other exempt organizations. Brennen was conducted research on the intersection of was recently appointed chair of the Ethics elected to membership in the American Law jurisprudence and forms of legal reasoning. Committee of the American Bar Association’s Institute at its May meeting. Her research formed the basis of a presentation Continued on Page 22 New Faculty David Hricik Bar Association Section of Litigation. He has University, at Harvard College, and at the Assistant Professor published a book, and scholarship in the Bowen School of Law of the University of Professor Hricik received his BA with high Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, the Arkansas at Little Rock. His research focuses honors from the University of Arizona, and his South Texas Law Review, and the University on constitutional law, the history of political JD, cum laude, from Northwestern University of Texas Review of Litigation. thought, and the philosophy of law. His most School of Law. After graduation, he practiced recent article, concerning the philosophy of Leighton Moore H.L.A. Hart, appeared in Legal Theory. law for 14 years, first with Baker Botts, and then as a founding partner of Slusser & Frost, Visiting Assistant Professor Colleen Hartman and finally as Of Counsel with Yetter & Professor Moore earned his BA in Warden. Prior to coming to Mercer, he taught philosophy, magna cum laude, from Visiting Assistant Professor as an adjunct professor with the University of Georgia State University and his JD, magna Professor Hartman graduated with Houston Law Center, the University of Texas cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He is highest distinction from the Pennsylvania School of Law, and St. Edward’s University also a PhD candidate in philosophy at State University in a self-designed pre-law Graduate School of Management. Professor Emory. After law school, Professor Moore major and is an honors graduate of Emory Hricik has written and spoken extensively in clerked for the Hon. Richard S. Arnold, United University School of Law. She practiced the area of intellectual property and States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, commercial litigation and bankruptcy law professional responsibility, and is the and then came to Atlanta to practice in the with the Atlanta firm of Troutman 2002-03 chair of the Ethics and Professional litigation group at Sutherland Asbill & Sanders, LLP before joining the faculty at Responsibility Committee of the American Brennan. He has taught at Georgia State Mercer in 2002. 20 T H E M E R C E R L A W Y E R / W I N T E R 2 0 0 3 C LASS N OTES 1957 1988 birth of their daughter, Sarah Allene, for settlement statute. The couple resides in Macon. Richard Mills, LLB, celebrated Lise L. Hudson, JD, has on Sept. 22, 2000. The family resides Capt. Brian J. Suckman, Catherine M. Rudder-Leek, 35 years as both a trial and appellate become a partner with Arnstein & in Charlotte, N.C. JD, is chief of military justice at JD, is a drug prosecutor in the judge at the state and federal levels Lehr in West Palm Beach, Fla. Jeffrey N. Powers, JD, and Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. He is Oconee Judicial Circuit. She resides on Dec. 5, 2001. He resides in Jay D. Mitchell, JD, has joined his wife, Katie, announce the birth the recipient of the 2002 Federal in Cochran. Springfield, Ill. the health care group at Nelson of their daughter, McKay Louise, on Bar Association’s Younger Federal Lawyers Award. 2000 Mullins in Atlanta in August 2001. June 6, 2001. The family resides in 1970 Macon. Cristen Howard, JD, married Lawrence J. Phalin, BA 1990 1998 James Freeman, BA ’96, JD ’99. Michael G. Webb, JD, ’68, JD, of Mateer & Harbert, P.A., John W. Geiger, JD, and his announces the formation of Webb Ray A. Lord, JD, and his wife, Cristen is a law clerk to a federal was recently included in Orlando wife, Mia (Brown) Geiger, BA ’89, and Zagoria, LLC in Union City. Lori, announce the birth of their district court judge in Macon. magazine’s “Orlando’s 55 Best announce the adoption of their daughter, Jessica Haley, on Aug. 21, Christine M. Livingston, JD, Attorneys” list. daughter, Madeline. The family 1996 2001. The family resides in joined the law firm of Shepherd & resides in Perry, where John is an Bradley R. Coppedge, BBA Charleston, S.C. Johnston in Griffin in October 2001. 1971 attorney with Geiger and Geiger, PC. ’93, JD, is a partner in the law firm John L. Merritt, JD, retired 1999 2002 1990 of Hatcher, Stubbs, Land, Hollis & from Robins Air Force Base and is James Freeman, BA ’96, JD, Marcus S. Henson, JD, D. Jay Stewart, JD, has become Rothschild, LLP in Columbus. He now practicing law in Cumming. married Cristen Howard, JD ’00. practices with the Colorado State a partner at the law firm of Brown and his wife, Catherine, announce He serves as house counsel for Public Defender’s office in Colorado 1972 & Rountree, P.C., now Brown, the birth of their first child, Alicia Progressive Insurance Company. Springs, Colo. Michael O. Hawkins, BA ’70, Rountree & Stewart, in Statesboro. Frances, on April 27, 2001. JD, is the chief legal counsel for the Linda G. Willis, BA ’87, JD, Cherine C. Dabbagh, JD, has Western Integrity Center, which is recently became head of SunTrust received a business degree from the London School of Economics. She responsible for the detection of Medicare fraud in 12 western states Bank’s retail brokerage division, Alexander Key Investments, Atlanta works as a financial consultant/ I N S YMPATHY and three Pacific territories. division. legal advisor in London, England. 1992 Christian Hardigree, JD, 1930 1955 1978 is an assistant professor at the Lawson Bell, AB ’28, LLB, died B. Bartow Johnson, LLB, died Michael E. Hendrix, JD, Bradford R. Pierce, JD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in June 1, 2002, in Peachtree City. Dec. 15, 2001, in Leslie. and his wife, Dina, announce the married Laura Lark Ledbetter on the College of Hotel Administration, opening of their law firm in 1936 1956 May 25. The couple resides in Albany while maintaining a caseload at her Hayesville, N.C. They also announce Harry Lichter, LLB, died Edward P. Riley Jr., LLB, died where Pierce is an assistant district law office of Parnell & Associates. the birth of their daughter, Claire June 19, 2000. July 21, 2001, in Greenville, S.C. attorney. Paul D. Meyer, JD, and his Elizabeth, on May 30, 2001. 1980 Lisa Jones Moore, JD, is the wife, Jennifer, announce the birth of 1937 1966 circuit director for the Guardian their second child, Mary Jane, on Willis I. Allen, LLB, died April Joseph Benjamin Newton David H. Connolly Jr., JD, Ad Litem Program in the 4th Sept. 1, 2001. The family resides in 19, 2002, in Macon. He was an Sr., LLB, died Jan. 1, 2002, in earned a master of arts degree in Judicial Circuit. She resides in Savannah. attorney for more than 60 years Waycross. history from the University of Jacksonville, Fla. E. Michelle Robinson, BA and established the Willis I. Allen Georgia. He is now enrolled at Rice 1967 ’93, JD, and her husband, Steve, Scholarship Fund. University seeking a PhD. 1993 Gordon L. Jackson Jr., LLB, announce the birth of their son, Tina Gwen Stanford, JD, has 1947 died April 26, 2002, in Macon. Pamela M. Boylan Hill, JD, Connor Everett Tyde, on Oct. 29, changed law practices from Atlanta William W. Daniel, LLB, and her husband, Markus, announce 2001. The family resides in Atlanta. 1972 Legal Aid Society Inc. to the office of died Jan. 8, 2002. He served as a the birth of their daughter, Nicole Michael Morant Associates. 1997 Earl B. Benson Jr., JD, died Eileen, on March 30, 2001. The Fulton County Superior Court Allison (Strazzella) Aug. 14, 2002, in Ellijay. 1982 family resides in Macon. judge for 23 years. Mark William Clark, JD, has J. Kirk Fisher, JD, and his Brantley, JD, and Terry O. 1982 1948 been named a trial advocate by the wife, Kate, announce the birth of Brantley, JD, announce the birth David R. Martin, JD, died July of triplets, Abbey, Kate and Grace, William F. Nee, LLB, died National Board of Trial Advocacy. their daughter, Ava Elisabeth, on 25, 2001, in Pinehurst, N.C. on Nov. 1, 2001. The family resides March 26, 2001, in New He resides in West Palm Beach, Fla. June 26. The family resides in in Smyrna. Kensington, Pa. 1988 Richard S. Thompson, BA Greenville, S.C. Render Heard, BA ’96, JD, and 1950 Michael E. Ingram, JD, died ’79, JD, was confirmed as a U.S. 1994 Nov. 14, 2002, in Tallahassee, Fla. Attorney for the southern district of his wife, Stacey, announce the birth Jack M. Smith, LLB, died James J. Cooney, JD, is a of their daughter, Alexandria Rae, April 16, 2002, in Marietta. Georgia on Nov. 30, 2001. 1998 partner with Jackson & Hardwick, an on Dec. 20, 2001. The family resides Atlanta-based firm that was awarded 1952 Jeffrey W. Cacioppo, JD, died 1984 in Tifton. Nov. 11, 2001, in Eastman. the 2001 Partners’ Circle Award by George J.L. Napier, LLB, Cindy Morris, BA ’80, JD, Stephan M. Lampasso, Chicago Title. died Jan. 30, 2001, in Macon. 2000 was sworn in as the first female JD, argued before the First District Superior Court judge for the 1995 Court of Appeal, in defense of an Selwyn D. Pack Sr., LLB, Natasha Olds Quinn, JD, of Conasauga Judicial Circuit. She Anna K. Blackwelder, JD, award of attorney fees and on died Feb. 27, 2002. Mableton died Nov. 14, 2002. resides in Dalton. and her husband, Jon, announce the compliance with Florida’s proposal T H E M E R C E R L A W Y E R / W I N T E R 2 0 0 3 21 F ACULTY N EWS ... Continued from Page 20 Disability Discrimination,” which can be presented by the Middle District of Georgia Section of Intellectual Property for 2002-2003. accessed from Professor Colker’s Web site at Bankruptcy Law Institute Inc. His topic was “How Hricik served on a panel discussing the ethical www.law.ohio-state.edu/colker.htm. The Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial issues arising from the use of high technology supplement includes the Supreme Court’s Code Affects Your Bankruptcy Practice.” at the ABA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., decisions since the Third Edition was published Jack Sammons, professor, recently Aug. 11, 2002. Hricik also gave a presentation on as well as recent developments in the lower courts. moderated the plenary session of the Georgia Aug. 23, 2002 on inequitable conduct at the In addition, Professor Milani wrote a new section Jury Summit, a three-day conference to examine American Intellectual Property Law Association’s on the Individuals with Disabilities Education the role of the jury sponsored by the National Annual Program for New Patent Lawyers in Act (IDEA). Milani made a presentation on an Center for State Courts and the Georgia Judicial Washington D.C. He has taped a series of CLE article he co-authored with his Mercer colleague, Council. His article titled “On Cheating and presentations regarding various ethical issues Professor Michael Smith, “Playing God: A Critical Legal Ethics” will be published as part of a that will be available to lawyers through the Look at Sua Sponte Decisions By Appellate symposium on legal ethics by the University of West LegalEd Center. Courts” at the Tenth Biennial Conference of Idaho and his article on curriculum reform The Legal Writing Institute, University of Hal Lewis, professor, who recently will be part of a symposium on legal education Tennessee College of Law, June 1. The article can returned to Mercer after serving as a visiting published by Gonzaga. In November, Professor be accessed from Professor Milani’s Web site at professor at George Mason University, spent the Sammons will be a featured speaker at a www.law.mercer.edu/faculty/index.cfm?staffid=60. past year working with many aspects of Civil national conference on Christian perspectives Rights and Employment Discrimination Law. Mike Sabbath, interim dean, spoke at on legal thought. He is currently vice chair of He served as consultant to the Chief Counsel, the 5th Annual Bankruptcy Law Seminar Sept. 6 the Georgia Formal Advisory Opinion Board. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, concerning the Employment Nondiscrimination Act of 2001, which would be the first national bill banning employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. During the past summer, Professor Lewis Did You Know... published a new chapter on Civil Rights substantive violations, attorneys’ fees, procedures the Law School Career Services Office and other remedies for Stephen Yagman’s has a Web site designed to help book, Section 1983 Federal Jury Practice and students and graduates seeking employment? Instructions. He is currently completing the 2002 edition of Litigating Employment Discrimination Visit our Web site at and Civil Rights Cases with co-author Elizabeth Norman. They completed the 2001 edition last http://www.law.mercer.edu fall, and it was published in January 2002. Last Use the Quick Jump drop down menu to link to Career Services. spring the Journal of Southern Legal History published Lewis’ article, “Affirmative Distraction: We now list all Job Opportunities on the Web site. From the Career Services site, Race Preference and Bias in the New South.” link to Job Postings. Scroll down to select “Alumni Job Postings.” Users will be prompted for a User Name and Password. The User Name is Alumni. The Password is Jim Marshall, professor and former Franklin. We encourage users to be broad in their search criteria. mayor of Macon, was on leave during the fall We also have a Web Resources page that contains helpful career information and 2002 semester as he was successfully elected to a employment databases. From the main Career Services page, link to Web Resources. seat in Congress. He will represent the 3rd Congressional District of Georgia. Questions? Please call the Career Services Office at (478) 301-2615. Adam Milani, professor, and Ruth Colker, Ohio State professor, co-authored a supplement to the Third Edition of “The Law of 22 T H E M E R C E R L A W Y E R / W I N T E R 2 0 0 3 F r o m t h e A l u m n i P r e s i d e n t T HE VALUE OF A exceeds $80 million. This is by far the largest in Mercer Law School Georgia and gives Mercer one of the top 15 law education can be school endowments in the country. Our financial judged in more strength enables the Law School to provide areas than just the scholarships, and with your continued support, courtroom. Mercer certainly has its scholarships will be even more generous. share of quality attorneys and judges Facilities have been updated and with the many who are among the finest in the computer enhancements, our Moot Courtroom Southeast and around the country. and classrooms are touted as some of the “best However, many graduates of the wired” in the country. Also, work is winding down Walter F. George School of Law use on installation of a new roof on the Law School their law degrees to make their mark building. The contractor’s scaffolding can be seen in other ways. for miles, reminding central Georgians and In this edition of The Mercer hundreds of tourists that our School is certainly a Lawyer, we have the opportunity to beacon to behold. read about three of our fellow alumni One of our fellow alumni, Jim Bishop, is who are excelling in three distinct chairing the Law Dean Search Committee. This fields: entrepreneurial, political and committee has a necessary blend of Law School corporate. faculty, staff and alumni to give valued input in Preston Lewis, JD ’79 Also in this issue you might be selecting the individual who will lead the Law President Walter F. George School of Law surprised to learn that even among the rigors of School into the future. The Committee is hopeful Alumni Association obtaining a law school degree Cupid manages to to have a new dean in place by the start of the intervene among our students. I know you will next academic year. enjoy reading of five couples who met and married We are thankful to Mike Sabbath, who is as a result of their meeting at law school. Not to providing great leadership as the interim dean. mention the Brantley family whose union has As we look ahead to our future issues of Law resulted in triplets. Now that’s a challenge for a School publications, we would be appreciative to two-lawyer family. learn of ideas for stories about our fellow alumni. Many exciting happenings are occurring at our If you have an idea for a story, please contact Law School. Mercer continues to attract some of the Patricia Bass at (478) 301-2615 or Rick Cameron brightest law school students. We have significantly at (478) 301-5500. upgraded facilities and now we are in the midst of As a final note, mark your calendars for Law searching for a new Law School Dean. Day 2003. This year’s event is scheduled for March Both in the undergraduate and professional 14. We look forward to seeing each of you for this schools, Mercer is attracting its most academically- celebration. It is a pleasure to serve you as gifted students in the institution’s history. We are President of your Law School Alumni Association. proud of this year’s first-year class –– perhaps our best ever. Through the generous support of alumni and friends, the Law School’s endowment currently Preston Lewis T H E M E R C E R L A W Y E R / W I N T E R 2 0 0 3 23 Non-Profit Organization Permit No. 2281 Atlanta, Georgia PAID U.S. Postage 1400 Coleman Avenue • Macon, Georgia 31207-0001 Mercer Legacies Among Law Graduates Mercer University President R. Kirby Godsey, left, and Advancing the Vision Campaign Chairman Griffin B. Bell, LLB ’48, LLD ’67, right, were among the proud parents and grandparents at the 2002 commencement for the Walter F. George School of Law. Stephanie Godsey Jansen, second from left, Dr. Godsey’s daughter, and Griffin Bell III, second from right, Judge Bell’s grandson, were among those who earned their JD degree in May 2002.